Rosacea is one of the most common (and stubborn) skin issues reported today. This chronic condition causes flushing and redness through the many small blood vessels in the face as well as “small, red, pus-filled bumps”, as the Mayo Clinic describes it. While it is often confused with acne, rosacea has different causes and requires different treatment. One of the best ways of tackling it is finding the best clean skincare for rosacea’s specific needs.
The Best Clean Skincare for Rosacea
Rosacea is often unpleasant or painful and many feel embarrassed by its obvious symptoms. It can also make skincare tricky since it can happen to any skin type (dry, oily, or combination), meaning you may be trying to handle multiple issues at once.
It’s important to understand that rosacea is not caused by bad hygiene. However, there are several skincare strategies that can help control or reduce symptoms.
Identify Your Triggers
Symptoms tend to come and go, periods referred to as “flaring” and “remission”. Flares are often caused by certain triggers. These can be internal or external. Some people may be able to avoid triggers entirely and generally live flare-free, while others struggle with near-constant symptoms. Identifying your personal triggers is key to developing a helpful routine.
Triggers vary from person to person but here’s some of the most common:
- Sun exposure
- Pollution and other toxins
- Dairy and high-fat foods
- Spicy foods
- Hot beverages
Use Rosacea-friendly Products
It makes sense that your skincare products and routine can have a big impact on rosacea. Remember that rosacea is not the same as acne, even if they look similar, and harsh acne products can actually make rosacea worse. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends avoiding strong astringents or toners, camphor, fragrances, glycolic acid, lactic acid, menthol, sodium laurel sulfate, and urea.
Instead, you’ll want to find products with rosacea-friendly ingredients. Certified dermatologist and director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Dr. Joshua Zeichner recommends: “ingredients like niacinamide, green tea extract, chamomile (bisabolol), feverfew, and a variety of other soothing botanical extracts. Skin-barrier repair ingredients like ceramides, oat extract, and hydrating glycerin may also be helpful.”
You may also want to use glutathione. Research, like this 2020 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, connects rosacea with oxidative stress, which is closely tied to low levels of glutathione.
By boosting glutathione, you can increase your body’s ability to fight oxidative stress, repair damage and lower systemic inflammation both in the face and throughout the body.
Auro’s patented Skincare Protocol WAKE and REST creams are formulated with gentle rosacea-friendly skincare ingredients as well as highly absorbable glutathione. Their products provide a comprehensive skin care package along with glutathione’s powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Your Rosacea Skincare Routine
In summary, if you’re looking for the best clean skincare for rosacea, you’ll want to:
- Use gentle cleansers and moisturizers designed for sensitive skin 1-2 times a day.
- Consider applying products with rosacea-friendly ingredients, like glutathione.
- Exfoliate but avoid scrubbing with brushes or washcloths. Easy does it!
- Avoid your triggers and harsh skincare ingredients.
- Add broad-spectrum sunscreen in the morning.
Using these tips, you’ll be on your way to healthier, happier skin!